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2009-02-09 11:35:00

Germany named a new head of its Economic Ministry Monday after Michael Glos abruptly resigned eight months before a general election. Glos has been at odds with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, pushing for tax cuts to jump start the German economy, although Merkel has repeatedly rejected that option. Glos has also been reluctant to push for an economic stimulus package, Deutsche Welle reported Monday. He said Sunday night he would resign. Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg will take his place...

2008-07-24 12:00:26

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp on 24 July Berlin: On Thursday [24 July] morning, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU [Christian Democratic Union]) received US presidential candidate Barack Obama at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. At the first meeting of the two politicians, there was a "very open, in- depth conversation in a very good atmosphere", Government Spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said after the meeting which lasted about one hour. According to his statements,...

2006-08-21 09:49:10

By Tom Armitage BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed aside sinking popularity polls on Monday, saying her government had cleaned up its finances and boosted prospects for economic growth. "We are coming out of our debt spiral," she told a news conference after returning to Berlin from a hiking holiday in the Alps with her husband. "Germany is no longer seen as the sick man of Europe." During her vacation, Merkel suffered a barrage of criticism over her...

2006-01-10 04:23:39

GENSHAGEN, Germany (Reuters) - German government leaders remained at odds over whether to reverse a 2000 law phasing out nuclear power on Tuesday, the second day of a cabinet retreat that is focusing on several divisive issues. After approving a 25 billion euro ($30 billion) spending program on Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet planned to discuss health care reform, ideas on giving extra state support for low-paying jobs, and energy policy. Economy Minister Michael Glos...

2005-11-22 11:49:24

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - An unusual "grand coalition" took power in Germany on Tuesday with two rival parties crossing the aisles of the Reichstag to end nearly four decades of bitter feuding and form a tenuous new government. Burying their hatchets, the center-left Social Democrats helped elect Christian Democrat Angela Merkel -- and then stood to applaud the leader they attacked and belittled in the past. "The 'Cold War' is over," CDU deputy Friedbert Pflueger told...

2005-11-22 05:39:41

By Markus Krah and Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel was elected Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday in a parliamentary vote that ends months of uncertainty and ushers in a fragile new government with the task of reviving Europe's largest economy. Merkel, leader of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), won 397 votes in the 614-seat Bundestag, the lower house of parliament, easily securing the majority she needed to become Germany's eighth postwar chancellor...

2005-11-21 18:15:13

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel is set to become Germany's first woman chancellor on Tuesday, but must avoid infighting in a coalition with former leftist foes to implement reforms designed to revive Europe's largest economy. The 51-year-old pastor's daughter, also set to be the first chancellor to have grown up in Germany's formerly communist east, is widely expected to win strong backing from parliament to take over the post from Gerhard Schroeder. But a majority...

2005-11-14 10:58:59

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) - Members of Germany's Christian Social Union (CSU) voted overwhelmingly on Monday to approve a coalition agreement struck last week with their Christian Democrat (CDU) allies and longtime rivals, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD). The CDU, led by Angela Merkel, and the SPD had earlier backed the deal at separate party congresses. The endorsements remove the last major obstacle to Merkel becoming the new chancellor at the head of Germany's first "grand...

2005-11-14 08:45:36

BERLIN (Reuters) - Members of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) voted overwhelmingly on Monday to approve a coalition agreement struck last week with their longtime rivals, the Social Democrats (SPD). If the SPD and the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), also endorse the deal in separate party congresses on Monday, Merkel is almost assured of becoming German chancellor at the head of a potentially unwieldy bipartisan "grand coalition." She must...

2005-11-11 14:26:37

By Noah Barkin and James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's main parties sealed an agreement on Friday to create a government of traditional rivals under the leadership of conservative Angela Merkel, breaking eight weeks of deadlock after an inconclusive general election. "I'm convinced that the coalition creates a genuine opportunity for Germany," said Merkel, who will become the country's first woman chancellor and first from the former communist East if, as expected, the new...